Microsoft Launches Honolens 2 Development Edition
Market Expertz | May 08, 2019
Microsoft has introduced the HoloLens 2 Development Edition, which will enter the market alongside the regular HoloLens. The Development Edition is priced at $3,500 and will also come with an option to buy it at $99 monthly installment plan. The company had announced the HoloLens 2 at MWC Barcelona earlier this year. The new variant does not include any particular hardware, but it will carry $500 in Azure credits and three-month trials of Unity Pro and the Unity PiXYZ plugin for CAD data. The potential buyers will have to join the Microsoft Mixed Reality Developer Program, and buyers who have pre-ordered the standard edition can alter their order later this year.
The initial commercial pricing of the HoloLens was $5,000 although the original development kit was always priced at $3,500. There might not be any price cuts for developers with the latest product. The company has also not clarified if its price can be expected to reduce or if the cost will remain the same, but won’t be offered with the additional features that are included in the latest version. Microsoft has also mentioned that the Unreal Engine 4 support for HoloLens 2 will be available to developers for use near the end of this month. The engine is a significant addition for developers and will enable apps, which include photo-realistic renders, to be applied in architecture, manufacturing, and product design, among others.
Tim McDonough, GM, Industrial, Unity has commented that the combination of HoloLens 2 with Unity’s real-time 3D development platform will help companies in accelerating innovation, communicate with customers and offer immersive experiences. McDonough believes that the addition of Unity Pro and PiXYZ Plugin to HoloLens 2 Development Edition helps developers create real-time 2D, 3D, AR, and VR interactive experiences while enabling the import and preparation of design data to provide real-time experiences. The company has not announced any specific date for the launch of the HoloLens 2, but the company has said that it will avail developer and commercial units later this year.